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16 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Arnold Schwarzenegger

No matter who you ask, one thing's for sure: the Terminator-turned-Governator has lived quite an epic ife. Learn more about the man behind the muscles with Total Recall, the unbelievable true life story of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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1. He was a contestant on "The Dating Game" in 1973.

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There was enough of him to go around for everyone.

2. He was supposed to play Kyle Reese in "The Terminator."

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After Arnold shared his thoughts about how the Terminator should be portrayed during a meeting with director James Cameron, Cameron convinced him to play the title role, even though Arnold didn't want to play a villain.

5. We went AWOL while serving in the Austrian army.

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But only so he could compete in his first bodybuilding competition, the Junior Mr. Europe in Stuttgart. He spent a week in army jail upon his return.

6. He's the face of canned coffee, noodles, and energy drinks in Japan.

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The commercials are, unquestionably, the best videos on YouTube.

9. He almost played Dr. Manhattan in the "Watchmen" movie.

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He was producer Joel Silver's first choice to play the hulking blue demigod early on in the film's production cycle.

10. His films have grossed around $4 billion worldwide.

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Twice has he broken records as the highest paid actor in Hollywood: once when he earned $20 million for his role in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and again when he reprised that same role for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

11. He made his American television debut alongside Lucille Ball.

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He played muscly masseuse Rico on one of the I Love Lucy star's popular TV specials, Happy Anniversary & Goodbye.

12. He was the original choice to play the Incredible Hulk in the television series.

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Despite towering at 6'2", he was still deemed too short for the role, which went to fellow bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno.

14. He almost acted opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in "Predator"

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Van Damme, who was initially cast as the monstrous Predator, dropped out after concerns with the initial costume concept. The two action stars would finally face off in The Expendables 2 in 2012.

16. He wrote a book.

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Discover the unbelievable true story behind Hollywood's most iconic action hero in Total Recall, the new book that tracks Arnold Schwarzenegger's inspiring journey from Terminator to Governator.